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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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The Pros and Cons of Rivalry

Whether it is countries that are not fond of one another battling for glory in a hockey rink or individual athletes who have grown up together in the sport now trying to one-up each other on the ultimate sports stage, rivalries make for great Olympic drama. Some coaches and athletes even welcome the tensions, feeling that they give a little extra boost to try harder and aim higher.

The same thing can be true in the workplace. Healthy competition among colleagues may lead each individual to greater accomplishments, and the extra effort and productivity can help the company as a whole to thrive. But just as athletes can go overboard with their drive, so can any worker whose main mission is besting someone else.

Work may lose its intrinsic value and not be as enjoyable. You...

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Tech Tip: Postbox Email Management System

Let’s face it, most of us have a love-hate relationship with email. It would be virtually impossible to do our jobs without it, yet it can often become overwhelming and cause us quite a bit of stress and anxiety.

But using Postbox can help make the whole email process a lot easier and perhaps even enjoyable. It gives you some great tools for sorting your emails and finding what you need quickly. Plus, it groups messages related to specific topics together, so you never have to try and go on a scavenger hunt to figure out the very latest updates. And that really helps make those long, confusing email threads much neater.

Postbox isn’t just an email management system—you might say it’s really an email optimization system. That’s because it supercharges your email, making...

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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Adding Kindness to the Workplace

Today marks the start of Random Acts of Kindness Week (Feb. 10-16), a time when the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation encourages you to “step out of your normal routine or comfort zone and attempt a new random act of kindness each day.” Everyone could use a little cheeriness during this never-ending winter, and chances are the smiles your actions bring to the faces of others will encourage them to make similar gestures. Here are a few to get started.

  • On a snowy day, clean off the windshield of a late-working co-worker’s car.
  • Leave a couple of quarters in the vending machine so the next person pays less.
  • Replace the usual workplace brew with a pot of gourmet...
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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Workplace Relationships:  Generational Tensions

How big of a workplace problem are negative relationships between generations? A recent study from the ASTD Workforce Development Community and Crucial Accountability authors Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield found that more than 1 in 3 people waste five or more hours each week (12 percent of their work week) due to chronic, unaddressed conflict between colleagues from different generations. The groups with the most tension between them: Baby Boomers (those in the 49-67 age range) and Millennials (workers under 33). Among the problems they experience most are dismissal of past experience, lack of discipline,...

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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Productivity Tip: Use Specific Action Words in Your To-Do List

One of the most common tools that many people use in trying to get things accomplished is to create to-do lists. However, you may have noticed that your to-do lists don’t actually result in helping you get more accomplished. If anything, they may stifle your productivity because they make you feel stressed and anxious about the amount of things you need to get accomplished—and, more specifically, the things you never seem to get around to completing.

Most of the time, the problem isn’t with the to-do list itself. In fact, these lists can be a great way to keep yourself on track and remember what you need to get done. The main pitfall is the way the to-do list is framed or written.

You might be amazed at how much difference some simple changes in wording can make. One of...

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Friday, February 7, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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What to Do When You’ve Let the Team Down

"For me, I think it was a very positive step. You're all going to think I'm crazy. You know, like I just fell on my butt. I have another chance. I've been skating extremely consistently here. I think I just needed to kind of like work out the bugs, shake off the demons." – U.S. figure skater Jeremy Abbott, speaking after a disastrous short program in the inaugural team skating competition.

It’s hard not to agree with sports reporter Christine Brennan when she says, “That comment just won the Olympic gold medal for utter self-absorption.” The United States, which came to Sochi as a top contender, stands a disappointing seventh...

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Friday, February 7, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Go Red for Women and Learn about Heart Disease

If you notice that many people in the office are wearing red today, it is not because they are getting an early jump on celebrating Valentine’s Day. Rather, they are showing support for Go Red for Women, a day dedicated to raising awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women and more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.

When people think about heart attacks, they usually picture a middle-aged, overweight, Type A-personality man. The truth is, however, that every 90 seconds, a woman in the United States suffers a heart attack. Furthermore, women tend to fare worse after a heart attack than men because they often wait longer before seeking help.

Everybody is familiar with the classic image of...

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Friday, February 7, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Featured Job Opportunity: Administrative Assistant

We know many of you are seeking a new (or better) job, so to help you uncover valuable opportunities, we'll be spotlighting a job of the week. This week, we’re featuring an opportunity for an administrative assistant at the Kids Cancer Alliance, a non-profit organization that provides free camps and other programs for children with cancer. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, this position provides key support to the organization’s professional staff and Board of Directors. The Administrative Assistant will work independently and with multiple staff, board members and volunteers. This person will also be the first face of the organization that many donors, volunteers and prospective camper families will interact with.

This person will schedule meetings and events, assist in planning...

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